183 Tasting Notes
Holy unfurling leaves, Batman! I’m brand new to Oolongs, this is only my third, and each of them have been a unique experience… and I haven’t even gotten into the “good stuff” yet.
Being new to Oolong, I never really have any idea what the descriptions mean, so I’m often flying blind. I understand “scented” easily enough, but I have to ask… scented with what?
The dry leaves, rolled more tightly than anything I’ve ever steeped before, smelled very floral. Jasmine, maybe. It smells wonderful. After steeping, the scent mellows out a bit, and the flavor is kind of nectary. A bit fruity. It’s smooth and soft, and while I am under the impression that Oolongs can be creamier, this is one of the creamiest teas I’ve ever had.
I’ve never kissed a mermaid (merman?) but if the opportunity ever presents itself, I hope it’s like this. (Yeah, I said it.)
I was super-excited to see that the new A&D series featured an Assam… my favoritest of teas. I got my order last night, and waited patiently until the morning to try it out.
I held off on this review until my second cup, because the first just didn’t seem to have much to it. It’s a bit lighter than a few of the Assams I’ve tried. Still a good cup of tea, though. Definitely a smooth, mellow Assam.
I also think that I might not be tasting things properly this morning, so I may have to adjust my rating later on. I feel kind of… meh.
No sweetener today, but I’m still picking up an almost caramelized sugar aftertaste… which is awesome. Bumping up the rating the morning because I can’t remember why it was that low to begin with. Tastes change, I guess.
When I first started drinking “loose leaf tea” (this is neither tea nor leaf, but… whatever) I had been strictly caffeine-free for years. The rooibos in my Adagio herbal sampler was a real standout, and it was practically the only thing I drank. I bought a pound of it, which is still my biggest single-variety purchase ever.
My job has led me back into the world of mandatory morning caffeine, and I’ve since fallen in love with black teas, and it’s been ages since I’ve really had a cup of rooibos. And as I said in my recent post about rooibos caramel, I finally got an infuser that works really well with it… and, I might have to bring it back into a nightly habit.
I’ve begun to embrace Steep.it and an attempt at properly brewing teas… No longer so wabi sabi.
I love this tea. I’ll be so sad when it’s gone.